5 things to do in Geneva during the very hot weather 

When the summer sun is blazing and the streets of Geneva are toasty enough to fry an egg, keeping cool becomes a bit of an adventure. Imagine this: it's a sweltering afternoon, and the city’s cobblestones are practically sizzling. Just thinking about stepping outside has you sweating.

But don't worry! Geneva knows how to stay chill even when the heat is on. Geneva is packed with cool spots and fun activities that make beating the heat a breeze. From its lively waterfront to its lush, shaded parks, there’s always a refreshing way to enjoy the summer.

In this post, I’m going to share my top five favorite ways to stay cool in Geneva when the temperature rises. These tips aren't just practical—they're packed with fun, so you can make the most of your summer without melting away. So, grab your shades, slather on some sunscreen, and let’s dive into the coolest summer adventures Geneva has to offer this summer!

1. Take a Dip in Lake Geneva

When the temperatures soar, Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman, is the ultimate oasis. Head to the Bains des Pâquis, a beloved lakeside spot where you can swim in the cool, crystal-clear waters, relax on the sunbathing decks, or even take a refreshing plunge into the lake from the diving boards. This spot also features a sauna and Turkish baths.

For a more extensive aquatic adventure, visit Genève-Plage. This spacious area boasts pools, water slides, and vast lawns ideal for lounging and picnicking. The pristine waters of the lake, coupled with the breathtaking views of the Alps, create a perfect setting for a day of fun and relaxation. Don't forget to enjoy an ice cream or a cold drink from one of the nearby kiosks to stay refreshed.

2. Explore Air-Conditioned Museums

When outdoor activities become too hot to handle, escape into Geneva’s air-conditioned museums. The Patek Philippe Museum is a fantastic cool retreat where you can marvel at the intricate craftsmanship of Geneva's famed watchmaking industry. The museum offers a fascinating journey through time with its collection of timepieces, all in a pleasantly cool setting.

3. Enjoy a Scenic Boat Cruise

One of the most relaxing ways to beat the heat is to take a boat cruise on Lake Geneva. Several operators offer various tours, from short scenic rides to longer excursions that take you to picturesque lakeside towns such as Nyon or the medieval village of Yvoire.

As you glide across the sparkling waters, you’ll enjoy the refreshing lake breeze and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and city skyline. Many cruises also offer onboard dining, allowing you to savor delicious Swiss cuisine while you relax on deck. Opt for a sunset cruise for a particularly enchanting experience, as the cooler evening air and beautiful twilight hues create a magical atmosphere.

Geneva's Perle du Lac and landmarks

4. Go on a Wine Tasting Tour

Just a short bike ride from the city, Geneva’s vineyards offer a perfect escape into the charming countryside, where you can immerse yourself in the region's rich wine culture. Imagine this: a leisurely day spent sipping world-class wines, surrounded by lush vineyards and rolling hills, all while enjoying the cool shade provided by ancient trees and picturesque pergolas.

Kick off your adventure with a guided tour through some of the area's best vineyards. Domaine Les Perrières is an absolute must-visit, famous for its exquisite Pinot Noir. Next, make your way to Château du Crest, where you can indulge in delightful tours and explore the historic château. And for those breathtaking views and exceptional organic wines, Domaine du Paradis should definitely be on your list.

To ensure everything goes smoothly, I highly recommend booking your tour in advance, especially during the busy summer months. Many tours come with delightful cheese and charcuterie pairings that perfectly complement the wines, making the experience even more special. The countryside not only offers a break from the city heat but also plenty of shaded spots under lush trees, creating a cool and relaxing environment to savor your tastings.

Here’s a little insider tip: Welo offers guided vineyard tours that make everything super easy. Whether you choose to ride a bike or hop on a tuk-tuk, you can sit back and enjoy the breeze as you explore Geneva’s stunning wine country. 

5. Discover Some of Geneva’s Top Landmarks

When the summer heat in Geneva becomes too much to bear, combining history with a bit of indoor comfort is an excellent way to explore the city. Geneva’s iconic landmarks not only offer a break from the sun but also provide fascinating insights into the city’s rich heritage.

St. Pierre Cathedral: One of the must-see landmarks in Geneva is St. Pierre Cathedral. This historic site is not only a place of worship but also a treasure trove of architectural beauty and history. The highlight of any visit here is the climb up the tower, which rewards you with panoramic views of the city and Lake Geneva. It’s best to visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and enjoy the cooler temperatures. Inside, the cathedral offers a serene and cool retreat from the heat, with its impressive interiors and historical artifacts.

Reformation Wall: Located in the Parc des Bastions, the Reformation Wall is another iconic landmark that offers both historical significance and a cool, shaded environment. This monument commemorates the leaders of the Protestant Reformation, featuring larger-than-life statues and inscriptions. The surrounding park is filled with mature trees that provide ample shade, making it an ideal spot to visit midday when the sun is at its peak. Strolling through the park, you can learn about the impactful history of the Reformation while enjoying the tranquil, leafy surroundings.

International Geneva: Geneva is renowned as a global hub for diplomacy and international cooperation, and exploring the areas associated with International Geneva provides both educational insight and respite from the heat. Start with a visit to the Palais des Nations, the European headquarters of the United Nations. Guided tours are available throughout the day, offering a fascinating glimpse into the workings of international diplomacy and peacekeeping efforts. 

The Reformation Wall in Geneva, guided tour

6. Treat Yourself to Something Sweet: Chocolate Tasting

Geneva’s chocolate shops are legendary, making a chocolate tasting tour a must for anyone with a sweet tooth. Indulging in a range of exquisite chocolates, you’ll discover the rich flavors and craftsmanship that make Swiss chocolate so renowned. Start your sweet journey at Favarger, where you can sample a variety of traditional Swiss chocolates, each more delightful than the last. Next, head to La Bonbonnière, famous for its exquisite truffles that melt in your mouth. 

Finally, don’t miss Charlie Ganache, renowned for its delectable chocolate creations. Many of these chocolatiers offer guided tours and tastings, so it’s wise to book ahead to secure your spot. For an extra treat, consider pairing your chocolates with a coffee or a glass of local wine, enhancing the flavors and creating a truly memorable experience.

And if you want to make your chocolate tasting experience even more special, why not join Welo’s guided tour to these fine chocolateries? Discover the excellence of Swiss chocolates with stops at Favarger, La Bonbonnière, and Charlie Ganache. This delightful journey will take you behind the scenes, where local chocolatiers will share their secrets and showcase their craftsmanship. 

Chocolate tasting session, guided tour to the best Swiss chocolateries

All these fantastic activities can be effortlessly organized by Welo. Whether you choose to bike, take a taxibike, or enjoy a ride in a tuk-tuk, Welo makes it easy and comfortable to explore Geneva, especially on those hot summer days. Enjoy the cool breeze as you discover the best of the city without breaking a sweat. So, gear up for an unforgettable summer adventure with Welo, your perfect companion for exploring Geneva in style and comfort!